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Internal Medicine Specialist

Sunmed Health and Weight Management

Internists located in Visalia, CA

Staying healthy means regular checkups with your doctor to catch and treat diseases, such as high blood pressure and asthma, before they become life-threatening. With extensive training in internal medicine, board-certified physician Dr. Gilbert Sunio with Sunmed Health and Weight Management in Visalia, California helps prevent and manage chronic diseases that can be dangerous when not treated properly. Call his office today to learn more or schedule an appointment online.

Internal Medicine Q & A

What is internal medicine?

Internal medicine is a branch of medicine that covers the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases, including conditions like asthma, hypertension, and COPD. Dr. Sunio encourages his patients to get regular preventive physical exams to catch chronic disease risk factors before they become serious.

How often should I have a physical exam?

How frequently you should schedule a physical exam depends on your age and overall health. Younger adults in good health may need a physical every few years, while older adults with health conditions may need a physical exam once a year, or more often in some cases. Talk with Dr. Sunio about what’s appropriate for you.

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is another term for high blood pressure, and it can put you at risk for developing heart disease. Dr. Sunio will work with you to manage high blood pressure by making lifestyle recommendations and prescribing medication if necessary.

Treatments and strategies to lower your blood pressure may include:

  • Weight loss, if necessary
  • Regular exercise
  • Healthy dietary habits
  • Limiting salt intake
  • Avoiding tobacco products
  • Stress management
  • Prescription medications

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. The leading causes of COPD are cigarette smoke, chemical fumes, dust, and pollution. COPD symptoms include:

  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • A cough with mucus
  • Wheezing

Dr. Sunio can work with you to manage the symptoms of COPD, as there is no cure.

How is asthma treated?

About 8% of US adults have asthma, which can be a debilitating and dangerous health condition when not treated properly. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways. Symptoms include:

  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath

If you have asthma, Dr. Sunio will work with you to control symptoms. He may recommend:

  • Taking asthma medications
  • Using an inhaler
  • Getting asthma shots
  • Avoiding certain allergens (substances that trigger asthma attacks)

Regular checkups with Dr. Sunio, especially if you have hypertension, COPD, or asthma, can drastically improve your quality of life. Call Sunmed Health and Weight Management today, or book an appointment online.